On our last day in Victoria we stopped by our favourite spot, the Bard & Banker on Government Street. The building was constructed in 1885 as the Bank of British Columbia – and served as a bank until 1988. The bard in the name is Robert Service, an English-born banker and poet who moved to Victoria in 1903.
The building had a short stint as a Christmas store before the Bard & Banker Public House opened its doors in June 2008. The pub has done amazing job maintaining the lavish interior of the original bank and has a beautiful bar.
B&B also serves up amazing cocktails, but, feeling a little cropsick from the night before, went with a soda water. Siddall however, went with a berry mojito.
I ordered, you guessed it, a half dozen oysters, Chefs Creek – Baynes Sound and a bowl of the clam chowder. Siddall went with the Salt Spring Island Mussels (white wine, leeks, mustard cream and fresh tarragon, served with fries and fresh baguette).
The oysters were delicious – briny and fresh and emphasized by the fresh horseradish, lemon and mignonette. I would rate them at second best of the trip after The Fish Shop on Fisherman’s Wharf but they were also the most reasonable at $15 for the half dozen.
Siddall easily dispatched of the mussels, the accompanying baguette was fresh and the fries delish.